White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appeared on the state media to share with good comrades at Fox & Friends her insight into state and local guidelines for Thanksgiving while preventing the spread of disease. She said many local commissioners gave twice as good orders that threatened freedom and liberty here on Airstrip Two. In fact, she said, they were downright “Orwellians”.
Here’s a look at this telescreen snippet while he’s watching you:
Your browser does not support the video tag. I think a lot of the guidelines you see are Orwellian. First, let me say that as we prepare for Thanksgiving, the CDC has given some thought to social distancing, wearing masks, and doing what you can. There’s a whole list, a very good thought page, and it says, “We don’t recommend a specific number of people, but we do give some considerations that you should make.”
And I think that’s the oceanic * way oceanic * people know how to protect their health. We have been dealing with Covid for many months. But it’s Orwellian, in a place like Oregon, to say, “If you gather in more than six people, we could come to your house and arrest you and get you 30 days in prison? It’s not the Oceanian Way, we attract. ” In order not to lose our freedom in this country, we as individuals make responsible health decisions.
At the risk of being charged with thought crimes, we’d like to say that McEnany’s claims are weaker than Victory Coffee. And there was no way she should put George Orwell’s good name in her dirty mouth.
First off, since Orwell believed the truth was one of the most fragile things in an autocracy, let’s make it clear that Oregon Governor Kate Brown actually issued a two-week “freeze” directive on the state, bars and restaurants to limited take-out service and temporary closure of other businesses. Violations can result in a warning, quote, or even arrest. As with the previous lockdown of the state at the beginning of the pandemic, the goal is to make people aware of the safety regulations rather than tracking them down and inviting them to prison, which is a disease carrier anyway.
The arrangement also limits social gatherings to no more than six people, but while Fox News and other right-wing outlets have hyperventilated over mean cops who clap people in irons when they have one too many Thanksgiving guests, the restrictions are really aimed at to prevent large parties. like a Halloween party superspreader event last month that reportedly drew in over 100 people. There will be no Thanksgiving police breaking down doors and counting the number of table settings.
As for McEnany’s claim that Americans do best when deciding for themselves what safety measures to take, we’ll just refer to and ponder disapprovingly on the current Covid Exit Strategy map (47 of 50 states with “uncontrolled spread”) the top of our glasses on them.
And while McEnany is right that the CDC’s Thanksgiving proposals don’t prohibit much of anything, it probably has more to do with the Trump administration’s political interference in watering down the CDC than anything else. The guide, at least repeatedly, suggests that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is in your own household, with lots of safeguards if you have people from other households. Similarly, the CDC notes that it is best to just stay home rather than travel. However, if you do decide to travel, please take precautions such as social distancing and wearing masks.
We’d really love to see what the agency’s earliest drafts could have looked like without Trumpian’s request to open it all up.
The Fox & Friends segment was also a little notable for the pushback hosts McEnany offered, although it was limited. Steve Doocy has at least pointed out that “cases are rising across the country” and that COVID-19 is a “super contagious disease”. He also pointed out that the White House itself left coronavirus policy to states: “Ultimately, didn’t the White House say, ‘Do what you want to do?'”
McEnany hinted that autonomy is nice and anything, unless you are a state that infuriates Trump by doing too much to control the disease:
“Yes, of course. It’s up to each state to do what it wants, but there are consequences for those states,” replied McEnany. The American people, she added, “are freedom-loving people. We can make good decisions. We can wash our hands, wear masks, social distancing. But we can also choose if we can in our personal residence, our own homes having our family members with us at all times. This is the American way. This is freedom. “
And no, McEnany has not indicated the “consequences” states might face for fighting the pandemic more aggressively than the government prefers. We are sure that Eric Arthur Blair, that kind old socialist, could not withstand the petty tyrants and bureaucratic threats. would surely have appreciated it.
Say you know who might have appreciated aggressive public health directives designed to prevent the spread of a deadly, incurable lung infection? Maybe a guy who practically coughed himself to death and died of tuberculosis while writing his masterpiece. We bet he would like to see other people spared such a fate.
* She said “American” because she’s obviously never read Orwell, not even Animal Farm, which is for babies.
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